Trying to Make Ends Meat

My sister Maureen is the baby in the family. She is also the comedienne. She is always telling stories that make me laugh until I cry. She is a sharp, smart, and articulate woman, but these stories are not usually flattering to her. A couple of examples are from when she was waiting tables at a bar while she was in college. A man asked her for a Sharp’s Beer. She told him she didn’t think the bartender would have ever heard of the drink Sharp Spear, but she would try.
During the time when the Chicago Bulls were playing a championship game on the television, my sister asked a patron what he would like. He sarcastically told her he would love a Bulls victory. Maureen shrugged her shoulders and went told the bartender that someone asked for a Bulls victory. “Do you know how to make that?” she asked him. As the words came out, she realized her mistake.
The latest story of hers was a pretty funny one. Until very recently, she thought that the saying “Trying to make ends meet” was actually “Trying to make ends meat.” She thought that “ends meat” was the worst cut of meat you could get, and when you were struggling financially, you could barely even make that for dinner because it was too much money. She realized she was wrong when a woman called into the radio station she was listening to and said she thought that very story. Maureen was going to call in and tell the world she thought the same thing, until other listeners called in and ranted on about how totally stupid that woman was.

If I had an “ends meat” meal, it would actually be meatless. It is a meal made up of canned foods, taco seasoning, cheese, and instant rice. It is pretty simple, costs about $6 to make and feeds up to 6 people. I have been making it for years, but recently discovered Soyrizo (Vegetarian Chorizo) is a great replacement for taco seasoning. It also beefs up the meal to a make it a little heartier. No pun intended. Soyrizo (www.friedas.com/detail.cfm?id=297) is a delicious blend of vegetable protein and spices. It brings a wonderful kick to this dish.

Soyrizo and Rice Bake

1 can of sweet corn

1 can of black beans

1 package Soyrizo

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

1 package of instant brown rice

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare instant rice as directed. Drain and rinse corn and beans. Mix all ingredients together and place in a casserole dish. Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove tin foil for the last 10 minutes. Serve with nacho chips and sour cream.

If you do not have Soyrizo, make with all other ingredients plus one packet of taco seasoning.

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